Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Children investigate colour by looking at rainbows. Younger children will observe a rainbow created in their room. Older children are invited to paint or draw a rainbow of their own and then head out into the yard at their service to look for materials from nature that match the colours of their rainbow.

This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

Faber-Castell have long understood the importance of creativity to all people, especially to young people. They are also continuously searching for environmentally friendly processes and high-quality materials to enhance children’s creative experience throughout every development phase. For more information about Faber-Castell, click here.


EYLF Learning Outcome


Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

4. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners

1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

4. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies, and natural and processed materials

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

1. Children interact verbally and non verbally with others for a range of purposes

3. Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media


Resources required:

Ages 0 to 2 

  • Some white wall or poster-sized white paper stuck to the wall
  • Recycled CD
  • Sunlight or a torch
  • A4 paper (optional)

Ages 3 to 5

  • Paper
  • A range of art tools such as Jumbo Colour Pencils, Connector Paint Box, Jumbo Wax Crayons, Playsafe Broad Tip Colour Markers and Jumbo Connector Pens.
  • Glue or sticky tape

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Teacher Worksheet

Background information

Content information about rainbows: Rainbows occur when sunlight and rain combine in a particular way. Sunlight is made up of different colours that we can't normally see. However, when sunlight passes through a raindrop at a certain angle, the different colours in the sunlight are separated so that we can see them in the form of a rainbow.

For each colour of the rainbow to be produced, the sunlight needs to pass through the a raindrop at a different angle. This is because light slows down when it passes through the raindrop, and the angle that the light takes as it passes through the raindrop will determine the colour that is produced by that raindrop. When light at different angles passes through many raindrops it can create a rainbow in stripes of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

Content information about sustainability and creativity: Sustainability describes the ability to keep going at the same rate and in the same (or better) condi

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